My friend Dan was at work, and they found this bug inside their office. The ladies were scared and thought it was a cockroach. It really is a giant water bug.
Giant water bugs are very large true bugs. They eat smaller insects, tadpoles, and even small fish. It is also called a toe-biter, because it sometimes bites people. I read a story online of a person that got bit by one in the hand, and his hand swelled up and he couldn’t use it for 2 weeks.
It lives in southern Canada, throughout the United States, and into Mexico. Wow, that’s almost all of North America!
This bug is 2-1/2 inches long. It’s tough to tell from the picture above, so we took some more pictures with a penny in it so you can see just how big it is. Click on the pictures to see them bigger.
Thanks, Dan, for bringing me this cool bug! This one is going in my bug collection.